Bombay HC Reserves Order in Sonu Sood vs BMC Case

The BMC had filed a police complaint alleging Sood had illegally converted a residence into a hotel in Mumbai.

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Actor Sonu Sood. 

On Wednesday, 13 January, the Bombay High Court reserved its order in the case related to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) issuing notice to actor Sonu Sood for illegal construction at his residence, as per a report by ANI.

Earlier, the HC had adjourned the case and granted Sood interim protection from any coercive action.

Sonu Sood, on 10 January, had filed an appeal against a civil court order issued in December which dismissed his challenge over a notice issued by the BMC for the demolition of allegedly illegal structural changes to a residential building in Mumbai.

In his petition the actor said that the judge should have considered that the municipal body had "issued notice with mala fide intention".

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had filed a police complaint against Sonu Sood for allegedly converting a six-storey building in Mumbai's Juhu neighbourhood into a hotel without permission from the authorities. The BMC had asked the Juhu police to register an offence under the Maharashtra Region and Town Planning (MRTP) Act claiming unauthorised additions and change of use.

The BMC has alleged that the actor has converted Shakti Sagar, a residential building on Juhu's AB Nair Road, into a hotel without obtaining the necessary permissions. Sonu Sood has dismissed these claims, saying that he has permission from the municipal body and is only waiting on clearance from the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA), which was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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